Once upon a time, in the past of the blog, there was a series planned to be called *prognotes. The idea was to delve into a progressive metal album, known for their intricate lyrics and concept albums. This idea was never fully realized. The run it had was fantastic: analyzing the intricate works of Between the Buried and Me, Coheed and Cambria and Obscura, it was fascinating and insightful glance into some of our favorite bands and the amount of time they spent on their writing.
So we’re bringing it back! We have a few albums lined up but we’ll be starting with what is perhaps the best progressive album to come out this year: Arcane‘s Known/Learned. Written by the incomparable Jim Grey (Caligula’s Horse), it’s a wide ranging concept album the touches on issues of war, memory, family and time. We hope you enjoy reading our analysis of it; please feel free to sound off below with your own thoughts and recommendations for the next installements. Strap on your best time-travelling attire and let’s get going!
If you’re a fan of A+ music and will be anywhere in the vicinity of Tempe, Arizona this coming Hallowe’en, you’re probably going to want to snag up a ticket to Tool’s one-off show at Monster Mash Music Festival featuring opening acts Primus and Coheed and Cambria. You heard that right, Tool, Primus, and Coheed (plus others to be announced!), for one night only – and that night, of all nights, is Hallowe’en night! Spoooooky! More details after the jump.
Coheed and Cambria are approaching the three year mark since they’ve released what I would consider their opus of a double album, The Afterman. Naturally, the sheer amount of material the band dropped and the fact that two band members had children lent to a longer than usual gap between records. It’s not as if the band have been on hiatus since then, either: they’ve toured rather extensively, going as far as taking their trailblazing record, In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth on the road in its entirety. We also know that the band are working on new music and have signed to a new management company (Jay Z‘s Roc Nation, no less), so I’d wager to bet that the band are preparing a new record for release within the next year or so.
In the mean time, the band are still sporadically hitting the road for live shows. Most recently, the band have announced a run of dates for June with emo quintet You Blew It! It’s crazy how Coheed’s sound lends itself to a variety of different touring opportunities. They can tour with prog/tech metal and emo/punk bands alike and just have everything make sense. Unfortunately, I’ve never considered myself a fan of Dashboard Confessional, so…
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Having just wrapped up another special tour with Thank You Scientist, Coheed and Cambria will take a short rest before making another trek to dazzle audiences around the world. For this latest escapade, the band took stages across North America to play the entirety of In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 in all of its glory and wrapped up most shows with encores of up to five or six songs.
Please bask in the photos below to either live or relive a fantastic performance from two monumental modern progressive acts.
We might be a ways off from a new album from progressive alt rock group Coheed and Cambria — the latest estimate from the band places the work in progress record in mid-2015 — but that’s not stopping Coheed main man Claudio Sanchez from giving fans a glimpse of new material. Claudio has uploaded a video of himself performing a stripped-down version of a new song, ‘Atlas,’ named after his newborn son, to the band’s official YouTube channel. Check it out after the jump.
That puzzling countdown that we encountered at Coheed and Cambria‘s website last week? As suspected, the countdown culminated in an announcement that Coheed and Cambria were returning to the road. But this isn’t just any tour; the group will be performing their album In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 in its entirety. Even better, they’re bringing along Heavy Blog favorites Thank You Scientist! Yes good!
Remember that exciting and mysterious countdown that popped up last night on Coheed and Cambria‘s website? Well when the clock struck zero, it was replaced with… yet another countdown. Cool.
Let the speculations begin! Last night, Coheed and Cambria changed their website to one very mysterious page: a 19 and a half hour countdown towards…your guess is as good as ours. Following the incredible success that was The Afterman, one can only hope that this means we can expect a new album this year. However, knowing Coheed, this could be anything from another video to a comic book or any other sort of craziness.
Alright, listen up. Apparently there’s some mass confusion about acoustic versions among artists, why you do them, and, more importantly, why you’re doing them badly. So badly, in fact, that you’re straight up ruining your own song, both in acoustic and in demeaning the original version by proxy. You need to stop, because you’re an idiot.
02. White Noise
04. Screaming Still
05. Poor Gloria
06. Haunted pt. I
08. Day of the Dead
12. Haunted pt. II
13. Haunted pt. III
The last few years have seen a slew of bands that focus on technical lines interacting with high-pitched vocals to create a soaring, emotional sound. Coheed and Cambria and Mandroid Echostar lead this style, blending catchy rock melodies and fearless progressive breakdowns to create infectious music that hooks you quickly and leaves you invested. Into this landscape erupts Alaya with their debut album, Thrones. The band announced the album in 2012, but it’s absolutely been worth the wait. Thrones is an engaging and mature album, marking a stellar beginning for these intriguing artists.